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AB de Villiers to miss Ireland ODI due to injury

AB de Villiers to miss Ireland ODI due to injury
AB de Villiers also missed the Test series against New Zealand.
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South Africa captain AB de Villiers will miss the upcoming One-Day International against Ireland in Benoni on Sunday after failing to recover from an elbow injury.

Earlier, the 32-year-old missed the Test series against New Zealand which his team went on to win 1-0. It was also the first time de Villiers had missed a Test match because of an injury.

A statement released by Cricket South Africa also revealed that de Villiers' participation in the upcoming five-match ODI series against Australia will be subject to him clearing the fitness test.

South Africa team manager Dr Mohammed Moosajee confirmed that de Villiers is still experiencing some pain in his elbow and the board had decided to give him an additional week of rehabilitation.

AB has been on a rigorous rehabilitation and treatment plan for the last six weeks but is still complaining of pain in the elbow region.

"We consulted with a specialist, who advised extensive rehab and injected the elbow with cortisone, however, the CSA medical committee has recommended a few more days of rehab to allow the elbow to improve.

He will undergo treatment this week with our physiotherapist, Brandon Jackson, and a final call on his availability for the first ODI against Australia will be subject to him passing a fitness test.

While surgery remains the last option, we hope that the extra time will allow the injury to respond to treatment.”

Faf du Plessis will lead South Africa on Sunday in the absence of de Villiers while Rilee Rossouw has been added as a cover to the squad to strengthen the batting department.

South Africa squad for Ireland ODI:

Temba Bavuma, Farhaan Behardien, Quinton de Kock, JP Duminy, Faf du Plessis (capt), David Miller, Chris Morris, Wayne Parnell, Aaron Phangiso, Andile Phehlukwayo, Dwaine Pretorius, Kagiso Rabada, Rilee Rossouw

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